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Cambodian Refugee Performs His Life's Story On Schoolhouse Theater Stage

Sokeo Ros
Sokeo Ros Photo Credit: Facebook

CROTON FALLS, N.Y. -- "A Cambodian Lullaby" is a saga told in spoken word, music and dance. Hip Hop artist Sokeo Ros tells the story of his odyssey from the killing fields of Cambodia to the street gangs of Providence, R.I., to his emergence as an artist, teacher and Ted Talk invited performer.

"A Cambodian Lullaby" will open Thursday, March 31, at The Schoolhouse Theater and run four shows a week through Sunday April 17. It was written, choreographed and performed by Ros.

“This story is mine," Sokeo says. "It is a story of struggle, pain and progress. It is a story that will shed some light on the lives of Cambodian Americans, also known as “Khmericans,” and what they went through as immigrants in the United States. It is also about how self-expression and art have helped me surmount my past and discover the beauty in life, becoming an artist that is passionate about giving back to the community, locally and globally.”

Ros was only three years-old when his family was able to leave for the United States from Thailand, where he was born. It wasn’t until Ros was in his twenties that he learned how his parents escaped the Killing Fields of the Pol Pot regime in Cambodia for Thailand and in that time, several of his older siblings had died. At the time, he only knew of the hardship his family endured living in the refugee camps in the jungles of Thailand and was creating a dance based on that knowledge. When his parents saw the story that Ros tried to tell they decided that he should know the whole saga.

Individual tickets to "A Cambodian Lullaby" are $38 for adults; $35 for seniors and $15 for students and can be reserved by calling the box office at 914-277-8477.

The Schoolhouse Theater is at 3 Owens Road in Croton Falls.

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